Alternative scenic route from North, if travelling on M6 from above Penrith
Leave M6 at junction 40, turning right towards the A66 and Keswick.
At the next roundabout, (not the motorway junction), turn left onto the A592 towards Ullswater.
Follow this beautiful road until you reach the village of Trout Beck, please note there are 2 Trout Beck’s, the other one is spelt as one word, not two. This road is not for the very travel sick or drivers who suffer from vertigo, passengers just close your eyes. It has been voted the 3rd most scenic route according to Top Gear, and I recommend it to our guests who all come back having loved it.
The distance from Penrith to Trout Beck is some 24 miles, but, don’t go into the village carry straight on towards Windermere and Bowness, and Trout Beck Bridge.
When you reach Trout Beck Bridge you will come to a roundabout, go straight over heading towards Bowness, (if you are short of fuel, turn right here and in approx ¾ of a mile there will be a petrol station on your left, then back track to the roundabout, this is the cheapest fuel in the area unless you go to Kendal).
You are still following the A592. Travel along this road, until you come to Bowness, you might glimpse Lake Windermere on your right.
Enter Bowness and you will come to a mini roundabout. Turn right following the A592 and Newby bridge signs (Tesco Express will be on your right immediately after the roundabout). Follow this road, past the ferry piers and out of Bowness, the car ferry will then be signed (Ferry nab) on your right, and you need to take the next left, following signs to Kendal and B5284.
Follow this road, going straight ahead at the staggered cross roads, B5284, Kendal.
Climb up 2 hills from the cross roads, the second one has a golf club nearly at the top on the right hand side.
Get to the top of this hill, and the road goes right, with a lane and lay-by on the left hand side, SLOW DOWN and INDICATE LEFT, you are taking the next lane into the left, and it is a hidden entrance. There is some signage on the right hand side of the road, marking its position, signage shows cycle route and gated road. Turn down this lane, and after about 100 meters there should be a pond in the field on your left hand side.
NEARLY THERE, I promise
Go along lane until you come to a house on left, drive around house and go through wooden gate (please ensure you latch it as there is stock in the field). We are the next drive off to the left there is a stone sign on the wooden railings. Go through the right hand gate (2 metal gates) and please close it behind you. If you come to a red metal gate then you have gone too far. Tel. 015394 42508. Mobile, reception patchy on B5284, and on our lane.